The Different Techniques Known as Clicker Training, By Emma Lethbridge.
When considering a way to train their horse using positive reinforcement, most horse owners find themselves investigating clicker training. However, once the horse owner starts to read into clicker training, or visits a few clinics, it soon becomes apparent that different trainers use clicker training in different ways. Clicker training is not one singular technique, […]Continue reading
Why is who we are as people so important to who we are as trainers? By Ben Hart
The science of behaviour does not yet have all the answers to the questions posed by our horses; in fact it does not have all the explanations for human behaviour and learning fully defined. When dealing with the elements of behaviour which are unknown, our interpretations are supposition of behavioural intent. We make assumptions on […]Continue reading
The Politics of Presupposition, By Damian Stenton.
Presuppositions can be described as central principles or beliefs that provide a guiding philosophy for our lives or systems within which we operate. They are called ‘presuppositions’ because you pre-suppose them to be true and act as if they were. Now, there are countless many presuppositions out there which we have all personally formed and […]Continue reading
Thoughts on Pressure Halters, By Ben Hart
Are pressure halters and thin rope halters good or bad? Pressure halters are just collections of webbing, buckles, brass fittings or plastic they are not inherently good or bad. That said people immediately leap to the conclusion that it is the hands that hold them that determine their label. I personally don’t think it is […]Continue reading
Horse Sense or Nonsense: How Do You Decide? By Alison Averis
In the equine world there are many sellers of goods and services who say that their products will make your horse healthier, or happier, or easier to ride, or more likely to win competitions. How can you evaluate these claims, and sort out the facts from the fiction? And when does it matter? It matters […]Continue reading
Some Thoughts on Bounderies. By Catherine Bell
With my toddler’s second birthday fast approaching, the subject of boundaries is close to my heart. The “just you wait until….” brigade has been out in strength, warning me of the need to enforce boundaries before my toddler turns into a monster. Funnily enough, different people with the same message gave me similar warnings about […]Continue reading
Traditional Trainer or Modern Trainer? By Ben Hart
Often “modern” trainers talk about traditional training with a sense of moral high ground and perhaps a note of superiority creeping into the voice during any comparison of tradition and modern horse training. I think the term traditional is often incorrectly used as a substitute label for a belief that a method of training is […]Continue reading
Is Pressure-Release Without Punishment? By Emma Lethbridge
For a while a conundrum has been playing with my thoughts. It all started one chilly but sunny Saturday, during an ordinary training session, whilst training a horse that for the purposes of this article we will call ‘The Pony’. It was nearing the end of the session when The Pony tripped over a protruding […]Continue reading
How horses find their way home? By Suzanne Rogers.
Have you ever wondered how squirrels remember where they hid their food? Or how animals that migrate know the route to take each year? Or how birds living in large groups remember where their specific nest is among thousands? These are just some of the questions that spurred research into how the brain records information […]Continue reading